Morgan Shepherd has always amazed fans by his youth and longevity in the sport of NASCAR. Well this weekend Morgan Shepherd will amaze the fans even more, when the 71-year old Ferguson, North Carolina native will run his first Sprint Cup race since 2006 when he jumps behind the wheel of the #52 SupportMiltary.org Toyota for Brian Keselowski Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
There are only 43 entries for the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire, meaning Shepherd will set a NASCAR record by becoming the oldest driver in history to start a Sprint Cup Series race. Shepherd would shatter the previous record, which was set by Hershel McGriff back in 1993 at Sonoma. McGriff was 65-years old when he started that race.
Shepherd will make career start #515, and his first since New Hampshire back in 2006. His first start was back in 1970 at Hickory Motor Speedway, where he finished 19th. Shepherd has four career NASCAR Sprint Cup series victories, with his last one coming in March of 1993 at Atlanta Motor Speedway driving for the Wood Brothers.
He currently runs a part time schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He has 347 career Nationwide series starts with 15 career wins. He was also a staple in the NASCAR Sportsman Series prior to the formation of the Nationwide Series being created.
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